Our Board

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    Helen Burnet, Chairperson
    Helen is an Alderman with the Hobart City Council, and has been a member of the MRC Board since 2009, currently holding the position of Chairperson. Helen has a broad interest in the health and wellbeing of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and is a passionate advocate for social inclusion.

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    Allison Burrows-Cheng, Vice Chairperson
    Allison has been a member of the MRC Board since 2006. She is currently the Vice Chair. She is a solicitor and has been in private practice for 25 years.

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    Jeanette Banks, Secretary
    Jeanette joined the Board in December 2012. Jeanette is employed as the Public Health Evaluation Officer with the Public Health Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. Previously Jeanette worked with the Commissioner for Children and in the area of Community Sector Development with the Human Services Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Chris Stennard, Treasurer
    Chris is employed as CFO and Company Secretary of the Incat Group of Companies.  Chris is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He has had experience in the manufacturing, service, IT, insurance and banking sectors. He is interested in social and community issues.

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    Nick Bedding, Second Treasurer
    Nick Bedding joined the Board in 2014. Nick is the Managing Director of Symic Pty Ltd, a private investment company specialising in venture capital, property development and equity investment. Nick has extensive experience in the financial planning and stock broking industries and in merger and acquisitions in the financial services sector.

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    Alison O’Neill, Board Member
    Alison commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of MRC in May 2015. Alison’s extensive and varied background includes leadership positions within the NFP sector at both a state and federated level, predominantly in the health and disability areas. Alison sits on a number of advisory groups and committees that inform, guide and influence outcomes for the multicultural communities in Tasmania at a local, state and federal level.


  • Kacee Johnstone, Board Member
    Kacee Johnstone joined the Migrant Resource Centre Board in July 2015. She is a director to the board of Gymnastics Tasmania and Flourish Tasmania. Kacee has also previously worked as a Senior Advisor to a number of Tasmanian-based Federal Members of Parliament. Kacee hopes to share her knowledge of fundraising, marketing, government funding processes and policy development with the Organisation.
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    Jamila Fontana, Board Member
    Jamila Fontana joined the Board in 2016. She currently works in marketing and communications and brings with her significant events management experience. Jamila is passionate about Tasmania and its rich multicultural history and her enthusiasm and understanding of current communications techniques and trends make her a valuable addition to the Board.

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    Shafiq Mohamed, Board Member
    Shafiq Mohamed joined the board in February 2017. Shafiq is an Environmental Engineer and works as a Departmental Manager in Local Government. Shafiq is of an Indian origin and practices Islamic faith. He first arrived in Australia in 2002 to undergo Higher Education and has lived in Tasmania for the past 10 years. Shafiq is very passionate about multiculturalism, and joined the MRC board as a way of helping fellow migrants and new arrivals, as well as contributing back to the community.

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    Jes Kenth,
    Board Member

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    Wendy Heatley, Board Member

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    Victor Stojcevski, Board Member

  •  In accordance with the Constitution, from time to time the Board appoints subcommittees with specific terms of reference to support the activities of the MRC. Board subcommittees meet regularly and make recommendations to the Board. During the year a number of Board members participated on Board Subcommittees, including the Finance, Audit and Risk and Governance and Human Resources Subcommittee.